The Missouri River is one of the most iconic fishing rivers in the world. While it is named after the state of Missouri, this mighty river actually begins much further north, in the state of Montana. And if you think the Missississippi River is the longest river in the country, think again. That distinction belongs to the Missouri River.
The Missouri River is 2,341 miles long. Coming in at a close second, the Mississippi River is 2,320 miles long.
The Missouri River is one of the grandest fishing meccas around. And while many fishermen are flocking to the Missouri River in Montana to have their own “River Runs Through It” adventure, there are plenty of other locations along the Missouri River to find your golden catch. Think about it. 2,341 miles is quite a bit of shoreline.
In today’s blog post, I’ll touch upon some of the more prominent fishing locations in the river’s namesake state–Missouri.
Believe it or not, the Kansas City area is home to some of the best fishing opportunities along the Missouri. Many trophy fish are caught in this area of the river. And if you’re looking at catching some catfish, chances are high you’ll be able to get some upwards of 40 pounds. The state record flathead catfish was nabbed by a fisherman near Kansas City.
In addition to catching big catfish, you’re bound to find an array of fish including sturgeon, sauger, walleye and bass.
Directions to fishing locations from the Kansas City area
Access the river above Parkville from MDC’s Schimmel City Access on the Lower Platte. Parkville has a lovely boat ramp that gives you access to fishing the river just above downtown.
If you want to fish below the town, then go to the boat ramp in LaBenite Park (@highway 291)
Yes, Kansas City has a lot of modern urban attractions like:
the Harley Davidson warehouse https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2020/12/16/melaleuca-harley-davidson-northland-industrial.html
the Kansas City Chiefs
and the headquarters for Hostess Snacks
It also has some of the nation’s best fishing, too. So, if you’re looking for your own “River Runs Through It” adventure, consider going to Kansas City–a place where the river really does run through it!